Appointments, achievements

Of the day

2021 Fellows of the American Physical Society include, Geoff Pryde (Griffith U) and Michelle Simmons (UNSW)

 Muireann Irish (Uni Sydney) is the International Science Council’s  2021 early career scientist for Asia and Oceania.

 Patrick Keyzer adds Associate Dean R in the law and business faculty at Australian Catholic U to his portfolio. He is also dean of the law school.

Danny Liew will become the University of Adelaide’s dean and head of medical school in January. Professor Liew moves from Monash U.

Science and Technology Australia announces three board appointments, Rachel Przeslawsk (Australian Marine Science Association) will join next month. Kathy Nicholson (representing general sciences) and Karen Gregory (medical and cognitive sciences) are re-elected unopposed.

Dianne Semmens is confirmed as DVC Vocational Education at Victoria U. She is charged with aligning VU’s Polytechnique and HE courses “in the same space and time.” It’s an internal appointment.

Of the week

Trade Minister Dan Tehan appoints former RMIT VC Martin Bean a “business champion” for Australia and Vietnam.

Tara Brabazon is leaving Flinders U where she is dean of Graduate Research. She is moving to Massey U in New Zealand.

Alex Brown is appointed professor of Indigenous genomics by ANU and partner Telethon Kids Institute.

Tony Driese is Uni Southern Queensland’s inaugural PVC First Nations Education and Research. He moves from ANU.

Flinders U announces new professorial fellows. Harald Janovjak (now at Monash U) and Krasimir Vasilev (Uni SA) will join its Health and Medical Research institute. Melanie MacGregor, moves to the College of Science and Engineering from Uni SA.

International Education Association of Australia announces board elections, Bronwyn Bartsch (CQU), Tim Field (Uni Sydney), Tanveer Shaheed (Macquarie U) and Kelly Smith (Murdoch U).

Susan Le Mire is appointed interim PVC Student Learning at Uni Adelaide. She steps up form Deputy Dean, Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Professions.

Peter Leggat (James Cook U) becomes a knight of the Order of St John (as in Ambulance). He was its national director of training 2013-19. Professor Leggat is also the new president of the International Society of Travel Medicine (CMM May 28).

National Computational Infrastructure announces three new board members, Melodie McGeoch (La Trobe U), Clare McLaughlin (National Health and Medical Research Council) and Rosemarie Sadsad (Uni Sydney).

The National Library of Australia announces its 2022 fellowships. Sue Green (Charles Sturt U), Susan Herner (Uni Adelaide), Alison Holland (Macquarie U), Ryan Johnson (Uni Sydney), Annie McCarthy (Uni Canberra), Gwyn McClelland (Uni New England), Julian Meyrick (Uni Adelaide), Madelyn Shaw (US independent scholar), Paul Turnbull (Uni Tas), Kate Warren (ANU), Annie McCarthy (Uni Canberra).

KPMG partner Warwick Shanks is elected a deputy chancellor of Uni Wollongong. He will replace Elizabeth Magassy who will step down at year end.

 Rodney Smith becomes interim head of Uni Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences. He replaces Lisa Adkins who is now interim dean of FASS.

Willy Susilo (Uni Wollongong) is elected a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Artificial Intelligence Association.

Andrew Timing becomes deputy dean Research and Innovation in RMIT’s management school.

The Victorian Endowment for Science Knowledge and Innovation announces its 2021 career recovery grants (up to $50 000), awarded, in part, in recognition of the “profound disruption to their work caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” * Robyn Brown (Uni Melbourne) * Kirsten Ellis (Monash U) * Samantha Grover (RMIT) * Jessica Holien (RMIT) * Sarah Jones (Monash U) * Lisa Mielke (Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute) * Louise Olsen-Kettle (Swinburne U).

Paul Wappett is the new CEO at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. He was previously CEO of the Australian Institute of Business.

Ted Whitten starts as dean of James Cook U’s College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences. He moves from Uni Melbourne.

Naomi Wray (Uni Queensland) wins the Ming Tsuang lifetime achievement award from the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics.

Mark Young is leaving La Trobe U for Uni Tasmania, where he will start next month as Director, Future Student Journey.